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[–] niggerfaggot1488 2 points 42 points (+44|-2) ago 

I'm not Bernie supporter but who could support private prisons? Clearly they have an interest in keeping them full.

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[–] dregan 4 points 18 points (+22|-4) ago 

But the private sector can always provide a better service at a lower price... amirite?

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[–] Baseborn 2 points 22 points (+24|-2) ago 

like with health insurance and medical costs.

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[–] Bing11 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Pretty sure slavery/indentured servitude break the supply/demand curve.

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[–] Drenki 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

It's kind of 50/50 and depends on the contracts the government makes with the prisons. Assuming a private prison has no way to force the state to influence the number of people incarcerated, what would change by making them publicly run?

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[–] 123_456 4 points -3 points (+1|-4) ago 

I'm not Bernie supporter but who could support private prisons? Clearly they have an interest in keeping them full.

And how do they keep them full? Are they lobbying? Involved in legislation? In what way do the manipulate the system to create more prisoners?

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[–] common_sense 0 points 8 points (+8|-0) ago  (edited ago)

http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/private-prison-quotas_n_3953483.html (sorry for mobile link)

...Less than a year later, the company that runs the prison, Management & Training Corp., threatened to sue the state. A line in their contract guaranteed that the prison would remain 97 percent full. They argued they had lost nearly $10 million from the reduced inmate population.

Far from the exception, Arizona's contractually obligated promise to fill prison beds is a common provision in a majority of America's private prison contracts, according to a public records analysis released today by the advocacy group In the Public Interest. The group reviewed more than 60 contracts between private prison companies and state and local governments across the country, and found language mentioning quotas for prisoners in nearly two-thirds of those analyzed.

By signing contracts like this, that mandate they keep them full.

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[–] AHappyBulgarianFrog 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Private prison companies have lobbyists too. They've purchased plenty of judges and elected officials so that they can operate freely. Type in judge sends and its the first result.

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[–] ChaseWegman 1 points -1 points (+0|-1) ago 

There was a case where they bribed a judge who was sentencing people.

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[–] akornblatt 2 points 30 points (+32|-2) ago 

Good, these things are ridiculous.

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[–] paradox42 0 points 13 points (+13|-0) ago 

I don't really doubt that the man would try. But, is there really and chance that even as president that he could do it?

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[–] cynoclast 6 points 13 points (+19|-6) ago  (edited ago)

Yes, there is a chance. There's no person more people in America would pay attention to than the POTUS. Right, wrong, democrat, republican, independent, old, ugly, wheelchair bound, etc. It doesn't matter. He can make the country hear him. With that, he can do quite a lot, especially if millions want the same thing he does. Like an end to for-profit health insurance bound to employment.

Relevant: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rx4MxOUU0Ys

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[–] Devildetails 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

He's not waiting till he's president.

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[–] New_years_day 9 points -1 points (+8|-9) ago 

Not a snowballs chance in hell. He is just blowing smoke up peoples asses just like his daddy, obama.

Or did Git-Mo close and i missed it??

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[–] binky 1 points 10 points (+11|-1) ago 

...when he has a stronger pulpit?

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[–] pray_the_gay_away 0 points 7 points (+7|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Only a small fraction of Prisons are owned by private corporations. but 100% of Prisons contract out all of the supplies,clothing, free labor, etc. even security is often staffed by private contractors and staff from Geo Corp. and the prison guards Union is very powerful and politically connected.

it's really about the contractors.

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[–] WoodenWarrior 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

This is the only thing I agree with him on. Private prisons are evil. Full stop. No room for negotiation. End them and kill the prison lobby and the slave labor the industry depends on.

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[–] FrozenFire74 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

All I know is that you can't trust a shifty socialist like Sanders. Just look at all the lies he isn't telling!

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[–] wmp 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago  (edited ago)

i'll be impressed when bernie manages to pass something. politicians are all talk. 30 years of 175k/year to do nothing.

i also don't believe in private prisoners

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